From the very start you will see the difference in the way they are taught spelling, grammar, reading comprehension etc. During the years, I had friends that were teachers in the public school system looking at my children’s schoolwork and they were impressed how advanced it was from what they were covering in the classroom - and - that my daughters were able to handle the work. It's amazing what kids can do when presented with a challenge. As for the teachers, I was always impressed that they were able to attract the caliber they did - including a number of PHd's. While the school is definitely academic in nature, there are opportunities for sports, music and theatre as part of the curriculum. They have an excellent music instructor, and in the past, an excellent theatre instructor as well. Every year they have a show and students show off their talents - and I was always so impressed with how extremely talented so many of the students were. The school participates in a lot of national and regional competitions academically and in the extra-curricular areas such as robotics. One of the best features of the school is their extra-curricular program for the students from grades 1 - 6. They can explore numerous options that are either included with the tuition or available at an extra fee - such as karate, etc. As well, they really push the children to get involved in volunteering and community programs - which exposes them to a totally different aspect of being a well rounded, globally aware student.
When it came time for high school I asked both my daughters if they wanted to attend other schools and made a point of taking them to look at their options including schools with the IB/AP programs. Neither of them wanted to leave PACE. They wanted to stay with like minded students and believed the education they were getting was on a different level to what was available. While every school has its own unique challenges, my daughters received an outstanding education at PACE - and both of them have thanked me on a number of occasions for enrolling them at this school - and for the education they received there. It is a small school - so students receive more personal attention and over the years, I have witnessed extremely shy children develop into outgoing well rounded young adults. The school has an amazing track record with it's students moving on and excelling at university, particularly given the small graduating classes. A number of them have ended up at Harvard, and Wharton, and many have won highly desired scholarships, offered spots in med schools, law school, and other highly competitive programs. One particular year 5 of the 20 students of the graduating class were offered a spot in the Health Sciences program at McMaster - a program where over 5000 apply for 140 spots - incredible results!! One of the reasons you will find it hard to get information on this school is that I found the director is quite humble about the achievements of their students. However, she works behind the scenes to make sure that students are considered for any opportunity available. While this school might not be for everyone - it was everything to my daughters - and as I see them excelling at university and in their lives I know that Academy for Gifted Children PACE played a huge part in the young adults they have become. I will be forever thankful to the teachers and the administration at this school - and to that Montessori teacher that recommended The Academy for Gifted Children PACE. I hope this information helps any parent trying to decide on the very important choice they will make for their child's education. I have personally referred three students that joined the school and remained there until graduation.